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Re: PLUMS

Post by Jacksparrow » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:03 pm

It is that time of year again and my Victoria Plum tree is well loaded with fruit :) . In common with most years a certain amount of the plums ripen ahead of all the others and in common with previous years they all have something inside. Namely a grub which has been munching inside for several weeks.
I picked 20 plums today( the first of the season) and all but one were not fit for consumption. :(

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Re: PLUMS

Post by greenfinch2 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:26 pm

That is a pretty sad picking.

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Re: PLUMS

Post by Placido » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:12 am

Sympathise with your disappointment, Jacksparrow :(. However, in our Golden Age of super-abundant alternative foods there is always a different course of action.
Have you considered purchasing a packet of prunes ?

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Re: PLUMS

Post by Jacksparrow » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:33 pm

Placido wrote:Sympathise with your disappointment, Jacksparrow :(. However, in our Golden Age of super-abundant alternative foods there is always a different course of action.
Have you considered purchasing a packet of prunes ?
I acknowledge your suggestion but for the time being I shall wait patiently for the edible Vics to ripen.
PS I picked about 30 today. All but one had a lodger. :weep:

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Re: PLUMS

Post by nuthatch » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:10 am

:hug2:

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Re: PLUMS

Post by Jacksparrow » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:45 pm

The hit rate on finding an eatable plum has now risen to 1 in 3 in the latest batch. :)

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Re: PLUMS

Post by Placido » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:10 am

Well, firty-free percent isn't a bad ratio, now is it :) ?? Enough to make a modest plum cake :pot:.
We'll all be round later :) .......

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Re: PLUMS

Post by Jacksparrow » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:11 pm

The first thing to report is that the 2018 harvest will be very poor :( After the last few seasons where supply exceeded demand this year only about 20(twenty) plums have made it. I have already thrown 4 away with brown rot and I picked a further 6 today all ruined by grubs. How many of the remaining plums will be edible remains to be seen but I will not be posting any photos of big bowls brimming with fruit as in years past. :weep:

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Post by Placido » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:09 am

One is lost for words :cry3:. This is so unexpected; plans had been made.
All hopes are now pinned on the grape harvest for new HB flavours :unsure:

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Re: PLUMS

Post by Jacksparrow » Thu Jul 21, 2022 7:39 pm

The plum harvest is nearly upon us and I have to report that this years crop seems to be going to be good. I have not seen many plums with brown rot so far although I expect the usual number will have grubs in residence. They are all still green at the moment but some are just showing the first signs of going to the pale yellow which precedes the full ripening.

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